Published on 6 Ramadhan, 1424.
Believe in the Unseen?
By Mohammedi Rai Shehri
Translated by: Fatema Tahira Zaidi
Reference: "Behas-e-Azad dar
During a lengthy
discussion with Abu Shakir, the conversation turned to the
belief in the unseen and Imam.
Sadiq ('a) stated:
You say I tell stories and invite people to worship a God that
has not been seen. Can you, who deny the unseen God, look
Abu Shakir: No.
Imam: If you could
see inside yourself you would not have said that since Allah
cannot be seen, the belief in Him is a fable.
Abu Shakir: How is
seeing inside self related to the worship of a God that does
Imam: Do you say
that a thing that is not seen and is incapable of being heard,
touched, smelt or tasted does not exist and since it does not
exist it is not worth worshipping?
Abu Shakir: Yes
this is what I mean.
Imam: Do you hear
the sound of blood circulating in your body?
Abu Shakir: Does
blood circulate in the body?
Imam: Yes. Do you
smell the circulating blood in your body?
Abu Shakir: No.
Imam: Every few
minutes blood circulates throughout your body once. If
for a few minutes blood stopped circulating in your body, you
Abu Shakir: I
cannot accept that blood circulates in my body.
Imam: What prevents
you from accepting that blood circulates in the body is
ignorance and naiveté. It is this ignorance that keeps you
from acknowledging the Only God.
Movement of the
Imam: Do you know
about the creatures Allah created and appointed to
function in your body so that you would be kept alive?
Abu Shakir: No.
Imam: You cannot be
aware of their existence because you only believe in the
presence of what can be seen. If you would become learned, you
would know that the beings living in your body are numerous
like the grains of the sand in the desert. They come into
existence in your body, mature, and reproduce and after
sometime they become useless. However, you do not see, hear,
touch ,smell, or taste them... They come into existence,
mature and die till you remain alive. Although ignorance is
the cause of your denial, you imagine you are being
progressive by denying their presence.
If you recognised
yourself and understood what goes into your existence... you
would not have said that since I do not see Allah I do
not accept His existence and that I consider the unseen God to
be a fable.
Atomic Movement in
Do you not see the
handiwork of God in the making of this stone? You think it is
rigid and motionless because you cannot see its movement. If
anyone tells you that in this stone movements take place that
would make the movement of all of us gathered here look like
stillness, you would not believe in him. You would say he was
story telling and would consider yourself a wise man...unaware
of the fact that due to your ignorance, you cannot learn about
the movement inside the stone. Perhaps a day will come when
the spread of knowledge would enable man to see the movement
inside the stone.
Invalidity of the
Theory of Self Creating Universe
O' Abu Shakir, You
said everything that comes into existence in this world is
formed by itself and that it does not have a Creator, like the
self growing grass. However, you did not consider that the
grass in the desert does not grow till it has seeds and the
conditions for nurturing are provided. If you were one of the
learned you would know that wisdom does not accept that
creation can come into existence by itself. Rather, it needs a
Creator even if that creature is inanimate, vegetation or an
If you were learned
you would know that among the scholars of various schools of
thought there was not even a single person who did not believe
in a Creator. The idea that some of the scholars did not
believe in a Creator was due to the fact that they identified
the Creator with names other then Allah. Even those who
totally denied Allah in their own philosophies believed in an
originator and could not remain detached from the belief in
It is ignorance,
not wisdom that causes the denial of God. If a wise
person would observe the system of the body alone, he would
realise that this entire order has a constant organiser
who brought this world into existence and is its
"Behas-e-Azad dar Islam" By Mohammedi Rai Shehri